Publications

Here are some of our recent OP-Eds

Government & Politics
The Welfare Queens

The Welfare Queens

It was in the mid-1970s that Ronald Reagan began to promote, as part of his presidential run, the derogatory term of Welfare Queens. Referring to people of color (particularly women) who lived entirely on […]

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Afghanistan
Taliban here and Across the Khyber

Taliban here and Across the Khyber

With the United States (US)’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan sans a politically negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, the Afghan cconflict has entered a crucial phase. Since the beginning of the US and […]

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Afghanistan
Taliban Offensive and Abject Surrender of Afghan Forces

Taliban Offensive and Abject Surrender of Afghan Forces

Pakistan and its agencies are once again at the centre-stage of geopolitics. This time for allegedly supporting Taliban offensive against the Afghan National Army (ANA), which has been raised, trained, equipped, and funded by […]

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Environment
Plantation and Preservation: Pakistan’s Weapon against Climate Change

Plantation and Preservation: Pakistan’s Weapon against Climate Change

In the lead up to the UN Climate Change conference (COP26), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its report and issued dire warning regarding the severity of environmental challenges faced by our […]

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Pakistan
Seven Decades after Partition

Seven Decades after Partition

14th August holds great significance for the Pakistani nation. Marking a new chapter in the history of the subcontinent, the state of Pakistan came into being on this day in 1947. The importance and […]

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Cyber
Cyber-Warfare and International Rule of Law

Cyber-Warfare and International Rule of Law

Cyberspace is now an officially declared domain of warfare and states are methodically indulging in this new form of war to achieve their political objectives. States are conducting cyber-attacks on high-value targets of enemy […]

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Afghanistan
The Afghan Imbroglio: A Pakistani Perspective

The Afghan Imbroglio: A Pakistani Perspective

It took the US 20 years, 2300 casualties, and $2.26 trillion to realize that it was waging an unwinnable war in Afghanistan. The Biden administration’s announcement of withdrawal has led to a sharp spike […]

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Regional security/Region
Chaos in Afghanistan: Economic Consequences for Pakistan

Chaos in Afghanistan: Economic Consequences for Pakistan

Regional economic engagement has been instrumental in supporting economies in different parts of the world as businesses and consumers get wider access to finished goods, raw materials and machinery. Many countries in Europe also […]

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Nuclear
Withering Indian Nuclear Safety & Security: Cause for International Concern

Withering Indian Nuclear Safety & Security: Cause for International Concern

Nuclear technology offer countries several benefits in terms of meeting their traditional and non-traditional security needs, but it also requires very careful and responsible behavior from the states that possess and use it. Ensuring […]

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Regional security/Region
Battle of Perceptions

Battle of Perceptions

Since beginning of US withdrawal, Taliban have been able to capture large swath of territory in Afghanistan, with little to no resistance from government forces or their allied militias. Taliban claim capturing of more […]

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Hybrid Warfare
Hybrid Mannerism of the Terrorists and the State’s Response

Hybrid Mannerism of the Terrorists and the State’s Response

It pains me to write that terrorists have succeeded in their planning, execution, and accomplishment of the stated objectives on a number of occasions. They appeared organized, virtuously committed (even for a wrong cause), […]

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Regional security/Region
Peace in Afghanistan is a Choice!

Peace in Afghanistan is a Choice!

The war in Afghanistan initiated by the US, after the tragic incident of 9/11, is finally grinding to a halt. Analysts are pondering the reasons behind this sudden withdrawal decision. One factor that is […]

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Hybrid Warfare
Identifying Levels of Hybridity in War

Identifying Levels of Hybridity in War

Hybrid warfare, as a concept and military strategy, is as old as the warfare itself. It employs a combination of political warfare alongside conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyber-warfare. It also deploys variety of […]

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Regional security/Region
Pakistan’s Afghan Dilemma

Pakistan’s Afghan Dilemma

Amidst foreign forces drawdown from Afghanistan, speculations are rife about likely US military bases in neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan, for counterterrorism operations after 9/11 2021, which Islamabad has been repeatedly denying. Such rumors or […]

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Regional security/Region
Strategic Pause Between the Nuclear Neighbours

Strategic Pause Between the Nuclear Neighbours

There may be multiple reasons for the breakup of formal and informal talks between India and Pakistan, but it is important to note that the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) is holding […]

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Society
Pakistan Faces Challenges of Societal Security

Pakistan Faces Challenges of Societal Security

Some essential elements of national security include: human security, economic security, environmental security, military security, cyber security, and most importantly societal security. However, national security, in the changed paradigm is not only reflective of military security […]

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Regional security/Region
Future of Region after US Exit from Afghanistan

Future of Region after US Exit from Afghanistan

The pace at which Taliban in Afghanistan are capturing city after city, is astounding to say the least. After President Biden’s announcement to withdraw forces from the country, Taliban-controlled areas have increased almost three-fold. […]

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Society
The Critical Junctures

The Critical Junctures

There is a rich body of scholarship in the fields of economics and public policy around the idea of path dependency, which seeks to explain how policies maintain a secure equilibrium, until the point […]

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Regional security/Region
“Why Would They Listen to Us When They are Sensing Victory?”

“Why Would They Listen to Us When They are Sensing Victory?”

All eyes are once again on Afghanistan as the future of the country remains uncertain after the US withdrawal. It appears that instability will prevail in the country since the situation has become extremely […]

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India
India’s Dangerous Designs

India’s Dangerous Designs

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office back in 2014, India-Pakistan relations have registered an increasingly downward trend. His anti-Pakistan agenda includes targeting the country on both the internal and external front. He […]

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Emerging Technologies
Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the World

Artificial Intelligence: Transforming the World

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a buzzword in contemporary times. It essentially means machines imitating human intelligence and performing some of the functions that a human brain can perform, such as understanding language, problem-solving, […]

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Society
Social Media—Lobby of the Powerful

Social Media—Lobby of the Powerful

In this age of globalization, social media have emerged critical tools for states to attain political objectives in any conflict through information control and manipulation. Recent events around the globe have put into question […]

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Nuclear
Squaring the Circle in Vienna

Squaring the Circle in Vienna

The negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran Nuclear deal seem to have reached a critical juncture as the negotiating parties await […]

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Regional security/Region
Taliban should Strive for a Hybrid Victory

Taliban should Strive for a Hybrid Victory

The fundamental difference between the Taliban under Mullah Omer in 1996, and the Taliban under Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, is perhaps political legitimacy. Despite being the founding leader and an extremely popular figure within Afghanistan, […]

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